I pulled this fabric to make a quilt for a new baby boy at church.
The shower decor was my inspiration for the fabrics I chose.
Here it is in the flimsy state (quilt top).
Whenever I start a quilt, especially a smaller one, it’s always with the idea of quilting it w/FMQ (free motion quilting).
I’ve practiced FMQ in spurts in the past but not with enough regularity to allow me to feel comfortable and confident enough to finish an entire quilt, no matter the size.
I hadn’t practiced in awhile, but I thought that taking one of Angela Walter’s Quilting Clinics would be enough of a refresher. I did the Ultimate Block Busters class.
Angela is an amazing person! It was such a treat spending time with her. I learned so much and was so inspired by all she taught and the quilts she showed, I just knew I was going to jump on that Amara and stitch magically. Sadly, that didn’t happen.
I have quilted on a longarm using pantographs but FMQ takes A LOT of consistent practice and I hear tell it’s jumpstarted and enhanced with doodling.
Anyway, back to the baby quilt…I finished it w/my “go to” which is organic wavy lines quilted w/an even-feed/walking foot. And of course it turned out great.
But I’m never going to get better staying in my comfort zone. Therefore, on my honor, I WILL start doodling AND practicing FMQ more often! 🙋🏽♀️
A Thread for Life
Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21 HCSB
Even more important than what I would pack to wear while on my work trip to KCKS, was what projects I would take to work on.
I took a few projects, but my most favorite was this adorable lunch tote.
I’ve been wanting to make this lunch tote for quite awhile so I was excited to finally be starting it.
Because it’s a lunch bag, I had brown paper bags in mind when I chose these pretty browns.
I didn’t want to travel w/a cutting mat larger than the 6″ x 8″ I brought for paper piecing, so I pre-cut everything before I left home.
The pattern gave me a few fits, but after a couple nights, my Brown Bag Delight was finished!
I also finished a few more butterflies for the Festive Flutter Tree wall hanging I’ve been working on. I think I have 3 butterflies left to make. I didn’t take any pics though, because I was too busy adoring my new lunch tote.
And lastly, I finished the blocks for a Chisel Star lap quilt.
I used the chisel die and my AccuQuilt fabric cutter to cut all the pieces and I had several blocks pieced before I got to KC, but I finished the rest there.
And here’s a pic of my happy stitchin’ corner in the hotel room.
So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith. – Galatians 6:9-10